Presidential Town Hall on Environment, Climate Change to Hold in Abuja, Tuesday
The Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), a leading climate and environment think tank in Nigeria and Africa, in collaboration with its partners We the People, Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) and the University of Abuja will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting with the Presidential candidates of political parties in the country.
The town hall will focus on assessing Nigeria’s environment and climate change challenges in the context of policy options ahead of the 2023 elections.
In a statement signed by the Director of HOMEF, Nnimmo Bassey and made available to newsmen, the town hall meeting is scheduled for Tuesday ,February 7, 2023, at the Main Auditorium, Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Abuja.
The statement notes that the town hall is informed by the need for the environment and climate justice community and all Nigerians to assess and interrogate the plans and policies of the political parties in addressing the numerous environment and climate crises affecting Nigeria.
The statement said that over 1,000 participants including civil society, the media, professional organizations, trade unions, students and the academia are expected at the town hall.
Part of the statement reads “while the well-being of the environment is a critical factor in a nation where most citizens depend directly on it for their existence, the issue has not been topical in the election conversation”.
“The challenges of climate change in Nigeria have intensified in recent years. Nigeria, being one of the most impacted frontline countries, has seen an accelerated rate of desertification, deforestation and flooding, twin manifestations that have seriously threatened security, and food sufficiency.
“Similarly, the production of crude oil and gas has resulted in profound destruction of the environment, especially in the Niger Delta. 12 years after the release of the United Nations Environment Programme report on the state of the Ogoni Environment, no significant action has been taken to remediate and curtail further oil pollution in the region.”
The statement offers insight to the fact that the town hall meeting has the objective of providing a platform for presidential candidates in the 2023 general elections in Nigeria to discuss their plans and strategies for addressing critical environmental and climate challenges facing the country with Nigerian electorate.